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DIY: How To Paint Your Garage Door

Can a garage door be painted? You bet it can. In fact, a fresh coat of paint will actually extend the life expectancy of your door and enhance the curb appeal of your property.

Getting a professional to paint your garage door can be kind of expensive so here’s a way to do it without putting a huge dent in your bank account. Make sure you allocate enough time to do each step of the process, and that the weather is accomodating! You don’t want it to be cold or rainy.

STEP 1: Prep the door.

 Photo Credit: GreenTGarageDoors.com

Photo Credit: GreenTGarageDoors.com

First things first. Get your door entirely cleaned up. Spray the entire surface with an all - purpose cleaner and thoroughly clean off all the dirt, dust, and grime. Rinse the door down with water from a garden hose.

Once dry, get some painter’s tape and mask any handles, trim, and windows on your garage door.

Make sure you spread out a drop cloth or some kind of tarp below the door so you’re not painting your driveway and garage floor at the same time.

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Photo Credit: MonksHomeImprovements.com

STEP 2: Strip the door.

Before applying a fresh coat of paint, you’ll need to remove any loose paint that’s on the door first. You can use a chemical stripper and a sanding sponge to remove the old paint, or use a circular sander.

Make sure you wear safety goggles and a dust mask while sanding! Safety first.

STEP 3: Prime the door

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Photo Credit: ThriftyFun.com

Before you paint, you need to prime. Just make sure you choose the right primer for the type of door you have. A lot of latex exterior primers will work on any kind of surface, but read the label to make sure.

Apply the primer with a wide paint brush, a paint roller, or a paint sprayer. If you’re using the sprayer, consider using a large piece of cardboard to protect the areas around your door (like your house’s siding) that you don’t want covered.

Let the primer dry for 24 hours.

STEP 4: Time to paint!

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Photo Credit: DecorativeFauxFinishes.com

Choose a latex exterior paint of your desired colour. Just like when priming, use a wide paint brush, roller, or sprayer.

If this is your first time using exterior paint on a large scale, practice on a sheet of cardboard first to get the feel for your brush, roller, or sprayer. If using a paint sprayer, make any necessary changes so the paint doesn’t run.

Paint the inside and the outside of the door. Let the paint dry and do a second coat.

STEP 5: Clean up.

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Photo Credit: DeluxeDoorSystems.com

The bulk of the work is done. Now you just have to clean up! Rinse out your paint brushes, roller covers, and sprayer equipment thoroughly. Hang your brushes to dry. Remove the tarp or drop cloth under your door. Take off the painter’s tape.

IMPORTANT: When you’re removing the painter’s tape, do it at a 45-degree angle so that you don’t take off any fresh paint with it!

There you have it! Your garage door is looking as good as new. To make sure your door is working just like new too, call up Abe’s for a winter tune up session. We’ll do a full safety check, weatherstrip your door, and make sure it’s well lubricated.